Ellen-Rose Wallace


Ascend | Recede is a video and sound installation which borrows from the space of the attic in her grandfather’s childhood home, where she stayed for the duration of her residency at Ormond Art Studios. The work reflects on ideas of ageing and memory loss through imagery and processes of repetition and transition.

The work centres around an image of the attic wallpaper: a system of fresh pale flowers now creased and stained with time. Within the work, its repetitions are confused; distorted as though misremembered. These patterns sink, breath, and fade to form a thin skin around the blue wooden wall panels. Surrounding this, a sound installation imagines the rhythm of spiralling footsteps ascending a staircase. They circle the viewer and continue upwards, passing through the space.

Ellen-Rose Wallace is a visual artist based between Limerick and Roscommon, working primarily with video, in addition to sculpture, performance and sound art to reflect on ideas of time, passage and place. Ellen-Rose is a recent graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design where she studied Sculpture and Combined Media.

Through her practice, she explores experiential time in relation to narrative; paying attention to cycles in nature, often framed through misused or displaced objects. Focusing on the separation of time as is counted from time that is experienced, her work often takes the form of unending, unfinished, or cyclical narrative structures. Within her work, there is an emphasis on human presence and absence, while the things we leave behind or unnoticed are centred.

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